Laptops are great and all, but anyone who’s had to spend long hours working at one knows how fatiguing they can be. From stiff necks to carpal tunnel syndrome, there is no shortage of modern maladies looming in the cramped, hunched-over positions the laptop and desk forces on many of today’s humans. Keeping your laptop on your lap or your best lap desk can be great and all, but your bad posture is always going to get to you in the long run.
Now that the work-from-home life has turned into norm and people are choosing to work from home indefinitely in our *almost* post-COVID world, we’re looking for ways to stay healthy and productive in home offices, at kitchen tables and really anywhere at home where we can find peace and quiet. Laptops provide flexibility, but sometimes they need a little boost — to stay cool underneath and reach a height that’s more ergonomic. You know, the same way your best desktop computer does.
To relieve that strain and help avoid the pitfalls of the laptop, here are 15 of the best laptop stands for more comfortable computing.
1. Nulaxy Ergonomic Laptop Stand
This sturdy aluminum ergonomic laptop stand is one of the best available for many reasons. It’s compatible with laptops ranging in size from 10-15 inches and elevates the screen up six inches to eye level. This helps keep your posture straighter, eases tension on your neck, reduces back pain and eye strain all at once. It’s made of 5mm aluminum alloy and can be disassembled easily for compact storage at the end of the work day if your desk needs to become the kitchen table.
2. MOFT Laptop Stand
This is one of the most unique and inventive laptop stands available. MOFT makes slim, lightweight, portable laptop stands built to be strong with little fabric and material — like this one. It sticks to the back of your laptop and can fold in and out whenever you wish to prop up your laptop. It’s thin, easy to apply and can swing into action whenever and wherever you need it to. Plus, it comes in a variety of attractive colors. including this space grey.
3. Fluidstance Raise Laptop Stand
This brand specializes in making your workspace more comfortable, and their new desktop monitor riser does just that. One of our editors, Taylor Galla, got sent this riser to try out and vouches for its sleek, ergonomic design that not only frees up space on your desk but elevates your monitor the perfect amount. It has four silicone feet on the bottom that keep it very steady and it creates storage space underneath by being the perfect level of elevation above the desk. It’s also made of eco-friendly materials and comes ready to use with no assembly required.
It’s designed to pair with their Slope desktop whiteboard, which we’ve also covered on the site, if you’re interested in adding a writing surface as well.
4. SHELCONE Laptop Stand
This portable laptop stand from SHELCONE is a sturdy, protective option to bring on the road. It can support up to 13-lbs easily, which is more than enough weight you’ll need to hold your laptop. It can fold down to stow away in your backpack when traveling and makes an excellent option for those of you living that #VanLife. When it’s time to put it away, throw it in a drawer, above a cabinet or under your bed for easy storage.
5. Boyata Laptop Stand
Made from sturdy aluminum, the Boyata laptop stand is great for those who want to express themselves in a world of color. Okay, well, there aren’t too many eye-popping — but there are at least some nice choices. This stand inclines in different angles to keep your laptop secure and study. It stays steady through in through to make sure your laptop won’t fall. It’s also vented on the platform to help keep your laptop from overheating.
6. Pyle Pro DJ-style Laptop Stand
The DJ-style Pyle Pro Laptop stand is designed to help party DJs multitask by creating an easy, functional place for a laptop to sit amongst other equipment. It should work as well in the office as it does in the club, unlike your dance moves.
7. Awezon Adjustable Laptop Stand Ventilated Computer Holder
This ventilated stand is lightweight, easy to pack and adjustable for angle, so you can position your laptop more comfortably while keeping it cool. Nobody wants a hot laptop, right? So this one is perfect to keep everything cool, calm and collected no matter what the case may be.
8. Grovemade Wood Laptop Riser
Grovemade always does it right. This handsome wood laptop riser is one of the best laptop stands if you’re looking to keep handsomeness in the forefront. It keeps your screen extra-high and tidy using a wooden base, aluminum holder and merino wool cushioning for laptop support. The back has a spot to loop your wires to diminish any messy wiring, keeping everything where it truly needs to be.
9. Steklo Folding X-Stand
The adjustable and portable folding X-stand from Steklo is finished in a clean silver anodized finish to match your metal-bodied Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air. It also improves CPU cooling by boosting airflow. What more could you need?
10. Kentevin Adjustable Laptop Stand
This adjustable laptop stand from Kentevin is height-adjustable between 5.5 inches and 7 inches and has non-slip rubber surface pads on the bottom to keep it in place. It’s compatible with laptops up to 15.6″ and is convenient to carry if you need to travel to a different work spot. The bottom has a rotatable turntable so you can turn your computer to share with others, and it has a smartphone bracket on the left side for dual viewing while you work. The stand also lifts your computer off of your desk which allows for adequate heat dissipation and better computer performance in general.
11. Bestand Store Aluminum Cooling Laptop Stand
This laptop stand is made of 7000 series aluminum alloy which gives it excellent corrosion resistance, hardness and wearable quality. It has a 66-pound bearing capacity which makes it excellent for heavy laptops as well as an ergonomic design that brings your computer up to eye level, easing neck tension. There are silicone pads on the top surface that keep your computer from slipping as well as on the bottom to hold the whole stand in place.
12. Rain Design Laptop Stand
This laptop stand raises your computer to eye level at most tables and desks, helping to reduce back and neck strain. It also features aluminum heat sink construction and a handy cable organizer to keep your space clean and uncluttered.
13. Vivo Swinging Arm Stand
The Vivo swinging desk-mountable arm stand clamps to your desk and is fully adjustable and articulateable. Great for artists, designers, engineers and anyone who has to glance at a laptop while keeping their desk free for other things, this arm can even “stand in” for some far costlier “standing desk” options.
14. Samson Free Standing Laptop Stand
Think of this Samson laptop stand as a tripod for your laptop. Height adjustable, it lets you type while standing, something recent research suggests may have great health benefits. It kind of reminds us of those hi-tech desks that elevate when you no longer want to sit down — just at a much, much better price.
15. Amazon Basics Metal Computer Monitor Support Stand
If you want to keep it simple and affordable, this laptop stand raises your computer up 4.25″ — just enough to reach eye level and create some storage space underneath. It’s made of durable, strong metal with an enamel coating that prevents scratches. It can hold up to 40 pounds so everything from small laptops to large monitors shouldn’t be a problem.